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Aaron Sanchez (baseball)

Aaron Sanchez
Sanchez during the 2015 season
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 41
Born: (1992-07-01) July 1, 1992 (age 23)
Barstow, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 23, 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through May 24, 2015)
Win–loss record 6–6
Earned run average 2.86
Strikeouts 61
WHIP 1.20
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Aaron Jacob Sanchez (born July 1, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his MLB debut on July 23, 2014. In 2015, Sanchez was ranked by MLB as the number 3 prospect in the Blue Jays' organization,[1] and the 44th best prospect in baseball.[2]

Minor league career

Sanchez was drafted by Toronto in the first round (34th selection overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] He spent the 2010 season with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and the New York-Penn League Auburn Doubledays, posting a combined record of 0-3 with a 2.16 earned run average and 37 strikeouts through 10 starts. In 2011, Sanchez split time with the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League and the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League, compiling a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 5.30 and 56 strikeouts through 14 appearances, 9 of which were starts. Sanchez spent the 2012 season with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts.[4] On January 29, 2013, Sanchez was named number 35 on MLB's Top 100 Prospects list.[5] On July 26, 2013, Sanchez was ranked number 24 on MLB's revised Top 100 Prospects list, and the number 1 prospect in the Blue Jays organization.[6][7]

In February 2014, Sanchez was ranked as the 32nd best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.[8] He attended 2014 spring training and was sent to the minor league camp on March 22.[9] He went to Montreal with the Blue Jays for a two-game exhibition series on March 28 and 29 against the New York Mets and was the pitcher of record in the second game.[10] In 2014 spring training, Sanchez pitched to a 2–0 record with a 0.00 ERA.

Sanchez started the 2014 season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on June 12.[11] He struggled with control, issuing 17 walks in 3213 Triple-A innings, and on July 17, it was announced that he would be moved to the bullpen.[12] On July 22, he was called up to the major league club.

Major league career

On July 22, 2014, it was announced that Sanchez had been promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays to pitch out of the bullpen.[13] He made his debut on July 23, pitching 2 innings and recording 2 strikeouts against the Boston Red Sox.[14] On July 27, Sanchez earned his first Major League win, pitching 2 innings against the New York Yankees. On August 30, he recorded his first major league save, pitching 2 innings and preserving a 2–0 lead over the Yankees.[15] Sanchez made 24 appearances for the Blue Jays in 2014, and posted a 2–2 record with a 1.09 ERA, 27 strikeouts, 3 saves, and a 0.70 WHIP in 33 innings pitched.[16]

Heading into the 2015 season, Sanchez was expected to pitch out of the bullpen, and to compete for the closer role. After Marcus Stroman suffered a season-ending knee injury on March 10, Sanchez pitched in the rotation for the rest of spring training and earned the fifth starter spot to open the season.[17] He recorded his first win as a starter on April 22, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 4–2. Sanchez pitched 513 innings and yielded 2 runs on 2 hits and 7 walks with 4 strikeouts. In winning, he became the first Toronto pitcher to win despite issuing 7 walks since Jeff Ware in 1995.[18] On May 8, Sanchez shutout the Boston Red Sox over 7 innings, recording his first quality start. The Blue Jays would win the game 7–0.[19]

Personal life

Sanchez was born in Barstow, California to Lynn Shipley. Aaron's biological father, Frank Sanchez, left his mother before he was born. Lynn later married Mike Shipley, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft by the California Angels.[20] His pitching career ended when he suffered a left shoulder injury, and he took a coaching position at Barstow Community College.[21]

Sanchez is the first MLB player from Barstow.[22] He attended Barstow High School, where he posted a 7–0 record, 0.73 ERA, and 104 strikeouts in 5723 innings pitched. He also batted .403 with 5 home runs.[23] After his debut and successful first season, Barstow City Council declared October 20, 2014, to be "Aaron Sanchez Day".[22]


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  2. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (January 30, 2015). "Norris leads Blue Jays' Top 100 Prospects quartet". Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Morgan Campbell (June 4, 2011). "Blue Jays put their faith in No. 1 rule of scouting: Be prepared". The Star. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Aaron Sanchez Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fordin, Spencer (January 29, 2013). "Sanchez, Osuna named to Top 100 Prospects list". Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 26, 2013). "Pitching remains strength in Blue Jays system". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Morrow sparkles as Jays top Mets in Montreal". Sportsnet. March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Blue Jays move Sanchez to Bisons' bullpen". Sportsnet. July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Lott, John (July 22, 2014). "Toronto Blue Jays promote Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo". Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (July 23, 2014). "Aaron Sanchez superb in big-league debut as Blue Jays down Bosox". Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (August 30, 2014). "Sanchez's hot hand nets save for Blue Jays". Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Aaron Sanchez Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ Quintero, Jose (April 10, 2015). "Barstow High grad Aaron Sanchez will make his first major-league start Saturday". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ Davidi, Shi (April 22, 2015). "Jays should be patient with Sanchez as starter". Sportsnet. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ Davidi, Shi (May 8, 2015). "Sanchez’s full potential on display vs. Red Sox". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Michael Shipley Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ Campbell, Jamie (April 16, 2015). "Aaron Sanchez: Top prospect stands alone". Sportsnet. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Barstow City Council Joint Special Meeting". October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ Pleskoff, Bernie (November 15, 2013). "Sanchez has skill set to be dominant starter". Retrieved October 21, 2014. 

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